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    Reply to: Transition Patrol – Thoughts please?

    What Pigyn says at the top is spot on.

    I have the Scout but run it with 160mm pikes which feels perfect for me, sometimes I run them at 150mm but if I turn them down to 140mm it just feels wrong.

    I do notice the lack of travel, but its a compromise I’m happy with, the lively/fun nature of it is a worth while trade. If I didn’t have a DH bike for uplift days though I’d have bought a Patrol instead as a one bike does all.

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    Reply to: Reverb bleed screws?

    You’re a star! mail sent.

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    Reply to: What length mech 1×10

    Or short cage will be fine, they are ok on 11-40t cassette on a bike with less than 25mm of chain growth. If you’re going up to 11-42t then I’d run a medium cage.

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    Reply to: Which one Islabikes or Frog Bikes 20" wheels?

    Oh they are both way better than the heavy hotrocks…

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    Reply to: Which one Islabikes or Frog Bikes 20" wheels?

    They are both good, yes the Islabike is lighter but its not a huge difference, there’s a mix of both in my son’s group of riding friends side by side its hard to pick one over the other, I’d say you’ll be happy with either.

    Bear in mind the £50 difference will probably be made up when you resell them, Islabikes hold their price so well and if you are happy to post outside the uk you’ll most likely make money on it, I’ve had 3 and made money on them all so far.

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    Reply to: Zealous Division 29er hardtail

    somewhere up in the Carneddau

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    Reply to: Zealous Division 29er hardtail

    The look of the frame won’t be to everyones taste for sure, but if thats gopping to you then I guess we are just different.

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    Reply to: Zealous Division 29er hardtail

    and mine weighs in at 28lbs with an average strong not light build. Revelations, flowEX on hope, SLX/zee drivetrain and brakes, 11-42 cassette, reverb, Turbine bars.

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    Reply to: Zealous Division 29er hardtail

    Negative point would be I find it a pain to lift onto the car/over gates as you can’t grab the seat tube, on the plus side you can bleed a stealth post with it still in the frame!

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    Reply to: Snowdon, push up during ban?

    I’d agree with others here (as a local and regular Snowdon rider).

    Pushing up is acceptable but at that time the descents will be too busy to be any fun. Llanberis track stays busier longer than the others especially went the late train is running.

    There are bike counters, no myth.

    There is a good campsite in Llanberis just near the Llanberis track start and the telegraph valley finish to the rangers. Pitch your tent, have a BBQ, head up for an evening ride, the later the better! I’ve had Llanberis path descents without passing a single walker and it makes a huge difference.

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    Reply to: Zealous Division 29er hardtail

    …but I guess your looking for more than that. I was a 29er spectic too but the short chainstays on the division looked like they’d make the difference and they do.

    I notice it’s 29er-ness positively in the rolling speed but not negatively in the twisty-turns bits. On my local quarry laps it gets round all the tight bits my 26″ am bike does, and that’s some of the steepest twisty rockiest lines you’ll find in the uk. It’s been great on long mountain days and even fun on the jump/pump track after a trail centre day.

    My first lap of the Marin on it I had pb’s on nearly ever segment, ups and downs , which was a surprise. It’s definitely not a race bike, but is a fast and fun bike,

    I did a Snowdon double on it the other night after work (up Llanberis, down rhydd du, up ranger, down Llanberis). It handles the climbs well and the super techy Rhydd Du descent well too although I was wishing I had full sus down the Llanberis path cobbles but no hardtail is going to be much fun down there since they’ve “improved” the path

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    Reply to: Tell Me about Antur Stiniog,

    I’d say more that it’s a challenge to find the rhythm on a couple of them, it’s all there though when you find it.

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    Reply to: Short cage mech and 40t

    Oneup say 40th is fine as long as your frame has less than 25mm of chain growth.

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    Reply to: Tell Me about Antur Stiniog,

    Fwiw I watched someone absolutely smash down the black on a hardtail (slackline) most impressive, and way quicker than me on a session. If you’re just mortal then the new blue is super smooth, you’ll have fun for a day on any bike. You can just turn up and pay if they have space, I often just do a half day like that but weekends are normally fully booked.

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    Reply to: 26 inch BMX – are they any good?

    Is a 26″ BMX the right answer

    no it just plain isn’t – they are just simply too big to work well unless you have really good skills. 20″ is best or 24″ if you must.

    try it and see is my advice – I ride 26″ on my jump bike on jump/pump tracks and occasionally take it in the park but my 20″ bmx will just always do the job better, like a 29er does XC better. On a 26″ you run out of room too quick.

    As for the pathetic 40 something being a kid, well I’m 41 and ride in the park at least once a week (3 times this week) and I love it, do it, but get the proper tool for the job.

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    Reply to: That Stanton 29er

    It’s a pretty looking bike for sure but I can’t be the only one that noticed they missed out all the good, hard, techy riding from the top of the descent by sneaking down the railtrack! For a start that’s wasting one of the best bits on Snowdon after putting in the effort of the climb and it doesn’t inspire a huge amount of confidence in the bike.

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    Reply to: What 1×10 chainring for Snowdon?

    I live at the bottom of Snowdon and go up there a fair bit. I’ve done it with a 34t single and it’s a slog on the rideable sections (ie most of it except the cobbles before cloggy bridge and the steep loose bit after it). On a 30t it’s much better, you’ll have to push some sections you’d ride with a granny but not a lot and they’d be similar speeds either way.

    oh the rangers path is full of rock bags so is pretty unrideable through the zig zags until they cobble it, and ruin it 🙁

    And yes it’s under snow at the moment from about 700m up.

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    Reply to: xt 11-42 cassette for free…

    Ha, nice to see someone do this properly rather than my proper bodge!

    I didn’t use mine for long as I reckoned it’d trash the freehub, i figured id just order a one-up sprocket instead.

    Whilst waiting for the new sprocket I switched to a 30t chainring instead of the 34t I was on before and that seems to be fine now – I never want for a higher gear and the climbs are fine (I live at the foot of snowdon so most rides included a fairly decent climb). I’m not sure I’ll bother using the 42t sprocket when it finally arrives.

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    Reply to: WTF!! Tesco selling shocks shocker

    thats a lot of clubcard points for a set of marzocchi 888’s!

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    Reply to: 1×10 – Short or medium cage?

    I ran the Zee with my homebrew 11-42 cassette and it seemed to work fine, I only had the 42 on for a couple of rides as it would have trashed the freehub i think but i wanted to see how the gearing was and if the zee worked. (it’s perfect on a normal 1×10 btw, no reason to run a medium imo)

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    Reply to: xt 11-42 cassette for free…

    Allow me:

    now why didn’t that work for me…thanks

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    Reply to: xt 11-42 cassette for free…

    oh, i had to grind the teeth off otherwise they hit the chain when its on 36t sprocket…

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    Reply to: xt 11-42 cassette for free…

    make sure you have a steel freewheel if mounting it to plain sprocket not one on a spider.

    I had thought of that, and I don’t, so i’ll ride it a bit and keep checking how the freewheel is wearing. That is probably the main draw back of doing it like this but I guess its a starting point just using what old bits I had lying around not an ideal, long-term solution

    tbh the whole idea of this was really a temporary set-up just to see how well the zee mech coped with 42t before investing £60 in OneUp sprocket – and just to see how it felt generally.

    Most of the time i get by fine on 11-36 (with 34t at the front) so it shouldn’t see too much use but every now and then I could do with it when things get slippy on the climbs and I need to stay sitting down.

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    Reply to: xt 11-42 cassette for free…

    before anyone asks why only two chainring bolts, well I only had two to hand so i thought I’d try it like that just to see and it seems ok…

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    Reply to: xt 11-42 cassette for free…

    oh photo doesn’t work, its here

    11-42

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    Reply to: xt 11-42 cassette for free…

    Sorry been away all day so slow on the reply.

    I’ll try and get some more pics up later, but i warn you its not pretty.

    The chainring IS offset from the sprocket its bolted to, just the offset is the same amount as the spacer that it would normally need to separate it from the next sprocket down.

    As for accurate drilling, I’m sure technically it would make a difference to have it a tiny bit off (i.e. done by eye with a hand held battery drill whist standing on it) but in the real world (i.e. the one i ride in) I have yet to notice it.

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    Reply to: Kids bikes – anything that is Isla Bike weight but Decathlon prices????

    Why look for anything else? All of my sons islabikes so far have been sold for more than they were bought for and you can’t get cheaper than that.

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    Reply to: Child seats, Front or back mounted?

    Little Ones Come Too

    terrible name, great seat when they are big enough, will go on full sus.

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    Reply to: Five ten soles on berghaus hiking boots

    As for airwalks with dotty soles – thats what I ride with, currently on their third sole and the uppers are getting pretty shot but they have been amazing, all for £18 (ok the soles are free for me but you get the idea).

    Dotty rubber off the bike is excellent on rock, not so hot on wet grass – but thats the same for any of the original soles on a 5.10 shoe or similar.

    £30 from FF is a good deal, I’d charge less if you only wanted the halfsole too, the rubber is the main cost with MTB shoes, its crazily expensive even at trade.

    I’d be interested to see a shot of the results though and how you feel they ride afterwards. I’d think most walking boots would have soles that are too thick – I’ve thinned down the EVA midsole and then changed the rubber on a GTX non-bike shoe to turn it into a winter MTB shoe before, that can work well on the right shoe.

    https://www.facebook.com/LlanberisResoles
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    Reply to: Riding near Anglesey?

    Coed Mor bike track under Britania bridge. Its a short jump track and lots of fun (all rollable too), Google it and you’ll find details or there is a FB group for the track (link below). Otherwise there is always Snowdon, you can’t miss it, its the big pointy hill across the straits…

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/122724977802012/

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    Reply to: Five ten soles on berghaus hiking boots

    Hi pipiom

    I can do them, well if I hadn’t crashed at Antur Stiniog and broken my ankle I could !!!! I should be healed enough to work in a couple of weeks.

    I run Llanberis Resoles in North Wales and I resole MTB and climbing shoes.

    http://www.llanberisresoles.com
    http://www.llanberisresoles.com/pages/dotty.html

    but it does depend a bit on the boot – not all walking boots will take a sheet rubber sole, I put dotty rubber on plenty of skate shoes and climbers approach shoes which are generally simple, but if the walking boot looks like it has a moulded sole unit that comes up and around the boot then they may not be do-able, if it a separate rubber sole on top of a foam midsole that could be peeled off them they are ok.

    I charge £35 + postage (or drop off in Llanberis) I believe Lancashire are £40 and I thought FeetFirst were £45

    Do email/ring me if you need more info. Details on the website.

    Torquil

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    Reply to: How long do Five tens last?

    I’m obviously a bit biased seeing as I resole shoes for a living but I like putting decent dotty rubber on any old skate shoes – provided the uppers are in good condition you can get the perfomance of 5.10’s shoes on pretty much anything with a flattish sole.

    I’m currently riding in some old Airwalks that cost about £15 and are now on their third sole.

    BTW I’m also £10 cheaper than Feetfirst… 😉

    Torquil
    (www.llanberisresoles.com)

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    Reply to: 5 10's need re-soleing….possible?

    Hi I’m Torquil from Llanberis Resoles and deft is right I can put a dotty sole on bike shoes. I don’t use the 5.10 rubber though I have Vibrams version which is pretty similar but a bit longer lasting. They are both pretty good to be honest and super grippy. I just did a nice pair of Shimano AM41’s which came out well

    Just putting dotty rubber on a nice pair of Shimano MTB shoes…. I'd like a pair if these.

    Posted by Llanberis Resoles on Monday, February 25, 2013

    more details here

    http://www.llanberisresoles.com/pages/dotty.html

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